Fort Bragg, Ca., is rallying behind a man, Aaron Vargas, 32, who has been held in custody since February 2009, for the shooting death of 63-year old Darrell McNeill. According to NBC’s Today show, McNeill was Vargas’ former boyscout leader who took him fishing in Oregon when he was 11, and began sexually assaulting him.
Since that time, Vargas life changed and he became completely withdrawn and noticeably opposite to his former outgoing self, according to his sister Mindy Galliani, who was interviewed by Meredith Viera about her brother’s case. Galliani said that once Aaron was engaged and had a child, McNeill was still stalking him and had offered to baby-sit his infant daughter. That had to have been his breaking point because not long after he went to McNeill’s trailer and briefly spoke with him, then shot him.
After McNeill was killed, 12 others came forward to say that he had molested them as well. Some of them made reports about the abuse years ago and got nowhere. Galliani felt that McNeill had some kind of psychological hold over her brother that made him into a child when he was around him. He was imprisoned for years in the abuse that McNeill inflicted upon him. No justice system in America could enforce the 50 year sentence that was initially discussed.
The community has come out to support Vargas in full force and now it appears that he may get time served. The twist in the story is that McNeill’s widow said that she thought her husband may have had a “secret life.” Her and the rest of the family have asked for leniency in the case.
It is my sincere hope that with the high profile of this child molestion/abuse case that federal laws against child predators will be more diligently scrutinized for their leniency and that the death penalty be enacted for those who touch a child. Otherwise, more of these cases will begin to crop up. They don’t want to refer to Aaron Vargas as a vigilante, but what’s wrong with that? As far as him and the 12 others that have been living in hell are concerned, he did the world a huge favor.